Galapagos Sealion pup snoozes in an unlikely position over a washed up driftwood ship timber.
A young Galapagos Sealion scratches its nose with a flipper on a rocky shoreline.
A newly independent Grey Seal pup, likely from the colony on Lundy in the Bristol Channel, hauls out on the rocky coast of Croyde Bay.
A newly moulted Grey Seal pup on the North Devon coast, yawning after an exhausting swim
Newly independent Grey Seal pup exploring the North Devon coast
A newly weaned, female Grey Seal pup exploring the rocky gullies of Croyde Bay on the North Devon coast.
I met this little grey seal in Croyde bay when she surfed past me whilst I was photographing the waves. She is a moulted female pup, probably only 4-5 weeks old, a month at most, and therefore has recently weaned. Given that we met on the North Devon coast, she is likely to have been born to the Grey Seal colony on Lundy Island. Apparently, after weaning, seal mothers abandon their pups to fend for themselves. The moulted pups disperse in search of food and have to figure life out for themselves. For me, that explains both the pup's curiosity about her surroundings, but also her tolerance and naivety to the presence of a human.
I reported this siting to the Seal Research Trust, with the photographs, so that they can track the little lady's progress if she is sighted again. She has been named New Zealand, after the markings on her neck, which are apparently a unique means of identification.
The tide rushes in over the Skern mudflats in North Devon at sunrise. Size 4476 × 5968
A blade of sunshine intersects the stream tumbling over rocks onto the beach at Osmington Mills Dorset. Size: 5792 × 8688
Waters swirl around rocks in Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, South Wales. Size 5577 × 7436
A dawn tide races in over the beach at Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, South Wales. Size 5414 × 7219
The promontary at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, South Wales. Size: 5767 × 7690
Sunset illuminates the waters of a quiet cove on the North Somerset Coast. Size: 4393 x 5857
People on the rocks beside Black Nore Lighthouse on the North Somerset Coast. Size: 6786 x 2686 pix
Turbid waters of the Bristol Channel wash the rocks at the base of Black Nore Lighthouse. Size: 4463 x 5951
The setting sun illuminates clouds of a weather front over the Bristol Channel at Black Nore Lighthouse. Size 4422 x 5897
Black Nore Lighthouse, Portishead in silhouette against a dusk sky. Size: 5973 x 4480
Driftwood swept up onto red rocks at Black Nore Point with lighthouse in background. Size: 9807 x 3923